BY JEFF FALK
Baseball is back at Coleman Memorial Park. Not that it ever totally went away.
Over the years, Coleman Memorial Park has hosted almost every level of baseball, from midgets to twilight, from legion to teeners. But recently, not unlike the overall activity at the city park, the amount of baseball being played there has waned.
Sure Coleman’s is still home to the entrants in the Lebanon City-County Teener baseball league in the summer and select midget squads, as well as Skip Wolf’s annual baseball hitting contest. But recently Coleman Memorial Park got a new tennat, the Lebanon High School baseball team.
The Cedars are currently in their third spring of playing their home games at Coleman’s. And it looks like it will stay that way into the forseeable future, or at least until Lebanon High completes its new athletic playing fields across Wilhelm Avenue, south of its north eighth street campus.
But Lebanon’s temporary home at the lower ‘big field’ at Coleman’s seems to suit it well. Recently the field was spruced up and improvements were made to the facility.
Of course there is the matter of busing 25 student-athletes and coaches across the construction-torn city for home games. Ask any athletic director and he or she will tell you that they would prefer to have sporting events contested as close to their campus as possible.
Before their move, the Cedars’ varsity team played their home games on the Lebanon High campus. But now that field is being used by LHS’ JV team. The budding Cedars used to call South Hills their home field.